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Police appeal for witnesses after aggravated burglary

Police are appealing for witnesses following an aggravated burglary in Carlisle last night (18th December)

Two men wearing balaclavas entered a house in Belah Crescent yesterday evening and demanded money from a 45-year-old woman and her 21-year-old daughter.

Superintendant Justin Bibby, from Cumbria Police, explains more below:

Tribute paid to Carlisle-born family man

92-year-old Edward Farish, of Greta Avenue in Carlisle, died following a crash on Sunday 16th November Credit: Cumbria Police

The family of a man who died following a crash on Wigton Road in Carlisle have paid tribute him.

92-year-old Edward Farish, of Greta Avenue in Carlisle, died on Sunday 16th November. He was known as Alan and was born in Carlisle.

“Alan was married to Betty from Sunderland. When they were courting he would regularly cycle to Sunderland to see her. He was very much a man of faith who visited Elim Church on Greystone Road four to five times a week.

He was a boiler man for Nestle in his working life. He was a very handy man who loved to build things from wood and often made rabbit hutches and dog kennels for anyone who needed them.

He was also a very keen photographer with a vast collection of slides covering royal visits to Carlisle Great Fair. He was an official ballroom photographer who was known as the ‘White Pimpernel’ on account of his white camera bags. The most important thing to Alan was his large family. He had six children and a total of 35 grandchildren and great grandchildren.”

– Statement from Mr Farish's family

Police are appealing for any witnesses to the crash or anyone who may have seen a Blue BMW 520 being driven on Wigton Road prior to the incident.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call PC John Firth of the North Cumbria Operational Support Unit on 101.


Masked men rob mother and daughter in home

A mother and daughter were held against their will in an aggravated burglary in Carlisle last night (17th November).

Two men wearing balaclavas entered a house in Belah Crescent between 6:30 pm and 6:50 pm. They demanded money from the 45-year-old woman and her 21-year-old daughter and then the suspects made off with the victims' jewellery.

The first male is described as:

  • White
  • Around 6ft tall
  • Of medium build
  • Wearing dark clothing

The second man is described as:

  • White
  • Around 5ft 8” – 5ft 10” tall
  • Wearing dark clothing

Anyone with information regarding the incident or anyone who may know the identity of the suspects is asked to contact Detective Constable Pattinson Carlisle CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Busy week for the Blues

It has been a busy week for Carlisle United manager Keith Curle who confirmed that he has been in talks with seven of his squad about extending their contracts at Brunton Park.

Three have already agreed to pledge their futures to the club, with negotiations continuing with others including Carl Dempsey and Brad Potts who have already attracted the attention of clubs from higher divisions.

High spirits at community centre

We often hear of the decline of a local community spirit, as it seems we're all too busy with our lives to worry about where we actually live.

But a community centre in Carlisle is celebrating it's 80th birthday and in 2014 is proving more popular than ever. Paul Crone went along to find out why the centre is busier than ever, and to meet some of the people who work there and use the facilities.


Currock House - Happy 80th!

Memories of Currock House Credit: ITV Border

Dancing, painting and a mum and toddlers' group are just a few of the activites found at Currock House Community Centre.

It's thought the centre, opened in the 1930s, was one of the first such centres in England. Currock House plays a vital part in keeping the community spirit alive.

Memories of Currock House Credit: ITV Border

Man robbed at knifepoint in Carlisle

The incident took place to the rear Lord Street, Carlisle. Credit: ITV Border

An armed robbery, which took place in Carlisle on Monday 10th November, is being investigated by police.

At approximately 4.50pm a local man was walking alone across the car park to the rear of Lord Street. He was approached by a male who demanded cash whilst another male appeared to keep watch.

The male who made the demands had a large kitchen knife. The victim handed over cash before the suspects made off and were last seen in the area of St Nicholas Street.

They took with them the cash, along with a red cloth bag with the word ‘Cranstons’ written on the side containing a Tupperware box and a blue-coloured glasses case containing gold-framed reading glasses. The victim was left shaken but unhurt.

One of the suspects is described as:

  • A white male
  • Aged in his late teens to early twenties
  • Dark coloured short hair
  • Wearing a light grey coloured tracksuit with a dark coloured body-warmer, black scarf and trainers.

The other suspect is described as:

  • A white male
  • Aged in his late teens to early twenties
  • Wearing a dark coloured hooded top with red coloured patches on the elbows, with the hood pulled over his head.
  • Also wearing dark coloured tracksuit bottoms and trainers.

Cumbria Police are appealing for any witnesses to this crime, specifically any witnesses to the robbery itself or information as to any sightings of the two suspects who match the descriptions above.

Carlisle assault - CCTV released

Credit: Cumbria Police

CCTV images have been released of a man police wish to speak to in connection with an assault in Carlisle.

Cumbria Police say he may be able to assist with an investigation into an assault, which happened in the early hours of Wednesday 5th November 2014.

At around 12:15am on Allenbrook Road, Rosehill Industrial Estate, a vulnerable man aged 45-years-old was attacked and suffered significant facial injuries.

Anyone who recognises the individual or has any information about the incident should contact Cumbria Police.

Credit: Cumbria Police
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